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Poster: ggshubin Date: Jul 24, 2012 10:04am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Hell's Angels (1930)

Wow! Thanks for all the good information, guys. This all makes sense except for Alpha. On other places on archive.com, Alpha has been referenced as a place to look for double checking because if they sell it, it's probably PD. But apparently that is not always the case and sometimes they sell things which are not PD, which seems like that would make it completely useless for double checking unless there is some easy way to tell on their site which things they produce themselves and which are studio produced. Am I missing something?

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Poster: larus Date: Jul 24, 2012 11:16am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Hell's Angels (1930)

I assume you visited www.oldies.com, which lists both Alpha Video releases as well as other releases, so you have to pay attention to who the publisher is. This is indicated by the Label field in the DVD Features section on the page.

For example, the only DVD I saw listed for Hell's Angels on www.oldies.com has the following information:
DVD Features:
Rated: Not Rated
Run Time: 2 hours, 9 minutes
Video: Black & White
Released: December 7, 2004
Originally Released: 1930
Label: Universal Studios
Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Packaging: Keep Case
Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

Compare this will the information describing the Alpha Video release of a Star is born:
DVD Features:
Rated: PG
Run Time: 1 hours, 52 minutes
Video: Color
Released: March 16, 2003
Originally Released: 1934
Label: Alpha Video
Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
Packaging: Keep Case
Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

In other words, only releases listing 'Alpha Video' as the label should be construed as evidence of public domain status.

This post was modified by larus on 2012-07-24 18:16:14

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Poster: skybandit Date: Jul 24, 2012 12:07pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Hell's Angels (1930)

I've noticed that virtually ALL PD distributors handle a few titles they've either licensed, like Alpha, or didn't do the research on, like Mill Creek, whose collections change contents whenever the copyright holder complains. :)